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A look back 400 years at Puritan women and William Bradford
On June 10-11, join us for two online programs co-hosted by New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) featuring Dr. Francis J. Bremer, coordinator of New England Beginnings, a partnership of institutions and individuals organized to commemorate the cultures that shaped early New England. The companion program on June 11 is William Bradford and Plymouth: The View from 400 Years. We ask that interested attendees please register with email addresses - preferably at via this link - in order to receive the Zoom meeting details.
Frank Bremer will be joined by Donna Curtin, Executive Director of the Pilgrim Society and Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in a discussion about this important topic. While everyone knows of the challenge that Anne Hutchinson posed to the New England puritan establishment, the roles of ordinary women in Congregationalism has been neglected. This talk will focus on how women helped to shape puritan ideas, form puritan churches, teach fellow believers, and vote on various ecclesiastical issues.
Francis J. Bremer is Professor Emeritus of History at Millersville University of Pennsylvania and Coordinator of New England Beginnings, a partnership of institutions and individuals organized to commemorate the cultures that shaped early New England. He is the author of over a dozen books on puritanism in the Atlantic world, including most recently Lay Empowerment and the Development of Puritanism. One Small Candle: the Plymouth Puritans and the Beginning of English New England will be published in August.
Donna Curtin is Executive Director of the Pilgrim Society and Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Founded in 1820, the Society stewards the world’s most significant collection of the possessions of the Mayflower Pilgrims, including several early New England rarities related to women’s colonial experience. Dr. Curtin co-curated Pilgrim Hall’s 2019-2020 exhibition, pathFounders: Women of Plymouth with Linda Coombs and Michelle Marchetti Coughlin, which includes a soon-to-be-released online series of films representing English and Wampanoag women of the early colony. Previously she was active in the development of historical interpretation and public programs at Plimoth Plantation, and also worked to preserve local historical sites during a long tenure as Director of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Plymouth 400, Inc.
This program is sponsored by the Boston Public Library’s Baxter Fund, which promotes programs that will further the commemorative and public understanding of the history of the settlement of and immigration to New England.